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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-12-2013, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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My cat LOVES to lick pictures (the old school kind from a camera with film). Why does she do this????? Sometimes she bites them too. Very odd....



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Nala also does this. I have to keep loose photos in closed boxes or framed, because she will find them and lick them. No idea why.


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This sounds as weird as my little Skeeters obsession with licking plastic walmart sacks!


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Plastic bags have a coating that attracts cats... yummy... I think it is some kind of fat.

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Plastic bags have a coating that attracts cats... yummy... I think it is some kind of fat.

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Really??!! Eeww I never knew that.... Weird little dodo.... He's the only one I've ever had that does it


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I've read (here, I think) that lots of plastic bags have some kind of fish oil or ingredient. Cali is addicted to them. The sound of her licking plastic bags can bring me out of a deep sleep three rooms away.

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Apparently the licking photos thing isn't a new problem on this forum ... although this link is quite old:

https://www.catforum.com/forum/37-beh...ks-photos.html

A quick interweb search indicates that in older pictures some of the development chemicals (maybe gelatin?) that was attractive to cats. But the chemicals, as you would suspect, aren't good for them.


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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-12-2013, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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well at least I know my cat isn't alone with her odd behavior! Thanks everyone!
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-13-2013, 01:12 AM
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It's probably the gelatin that attracts them. I'm not sure if it's fish based or not.

When I was in the Rayal Navy as a photographer, I couldn't leave wet film or prints to dry. The cockroaches would swarm and eat the gelatin, and of course the image, right off. Many of the chemicals are repulsive in their odor, so I don't think it would be that. Photographs have to be well washed otherwise the image fades in time.

Never thought it would attract cats, though.

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